The COVID-19 pandemic has caused changes in operations at almost all government offices in Montana, including in the Bitterroot Valley. some of the changes are listed below. We'll provide other updates as we get them.

The Clerk of District Court at the courthouse on South 2nd Street in Hamilton. From Clerk Paige Trautwein:

  • The office is closed to walk-in traffic, but continues operation.
  • Marriage Licenses will be issued "By Appointment Only" which includes strict office rules. Call 375-6710 for an appointment.
  • They are suspending Passport Issuance until further notice.
  • All attorney filings will be by email or fax. No runners.
  • Certified copies may be requested via email or mailed to you.
  • Pro Se filings will be accepted via US Mail. Filings will be processed when fees or a notarized Affidavit of Indigence are submitted.
  • An area is designated by the front door for filings submitted in person. After processing, a conformed copy will be emailed to the filer. Your email address or a Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope must be included in your submission.
  • All Child support, court fines/fees and other payments shall be paid by debit/credit card, a cashier's check or money order. No Cash Payments!
  • Neither Parties nor Counsel will be allowed to congregate in the office while waiting for court orders after Law & Motion sessions. Those documents shall be emailed or mailed. In an emergency, they will be available in the main courthouse lobby. For questions call (406) 375-6710 or email:
  • Treasurer's Office at the Ravalli County Administration Center on South 4th:

  • The staff is taking appointments for motor vehicle title work.
  • To schedule an appointment call (406) 375-6585
  • Renewals and Tax Payments should be mailed to:
  • 215 South 4th Street - Suite H
  • Hamilton MT 59840
  • You can also pay online. More details at
  • Once there, go to either Motor Vehicles or Pay Your Taxes online. Online payments by credit/debit card will be charged a convenience fee of 2.15 percent plus $1.25 per transaction.